MEET THE AUTHOR Liz Martinson

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers


Marc Weston here. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an actor. I once used to keep a low profile until I met my wife, Liz Graham. Things sort of changed then, so here I am. Great to be with you all and I’m especially pleased to introduce Liz Martinson. Liz came to writing late in life and has had the happiest childhood and married life ever. I talked to her about this and she thinks growing up and living in the countryside has fuelled her sense of adventure, and love and knowledge of the countryside, all of which feature in her books. When she met her husband, she reckons her SAS course began and was compounded by having twin sons who both turned out to be as adventurous as their parents! Liz used to teach and finished her career working with special needs children. She’s done a creative writing course with Lancaster University, too. Loves cats, photography, reading, being outdoors, exploring, and… wait for it… triking.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My last book was a complete change for me as I normally write a sort of soap opera romance set in modern times, but this one was historical, set in 1876, in rural Yorkshire. We have a Duke who has already suffered an unhappy marriage, made worse by the fact it had been engineered by his wife, father and step-mother, to avoid scandal… but I’m not going to explain what that was all about! The Duke has just returned home after a long absence and intends to keep a mistress, a low profile, and run his estates, but his step-mama hasn’t finished with him yet and arranged a house party where he meets the heroine. She is independent and most definitely does not want marriage. This is because she will lose her money and her freedom and even worse, her long-held and very unladylike ambition to be a horse breeder. How The Unexpected Alliance works out is something you must wait for in great anticipation! It’s in submission now so keep your fingers crossed for me. If it’s not accepted, I think I’ll publish it independently.

  • What do you like best about the main character in your latest and greatest WIP from above?

I like her because she doesn’t want to marry for status, title, money or anything else and because she wishes to retain her independence.
I like him because he’s light-hearted but concerned about the people he has responsibility for, and isn’t a conventional man.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

The main side character is the stepmother and as the story progresses, you discover she’s not a very pleasant lady and has a deep regard for propriety and position, which cause harm. In the end, as all bad step-mamas do, she receives just punishment.
On the other hand, the heroine’s parents are down-to-earth and sensible, her aunt and uncle caring and careful of the heroine’s well-being, her cousin, while somewhat thoughtless, is a good friend.  The maid, elevated to the position of lady’s maid, is an endearing mix of the wide-eyed country mouse and determined to serve retainer.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

That’s a difficult one to answer. I’m not a great planner of any of my novels. I think I came up with a hero and heroine who were against marriage and went from there. I often find my characters will dictate to me, even when I start the day’s writing with different intentions. I love it when that happens!

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

Answered in the previous question I think. I come up with an idea and start writing and see where I go. I maybe have a couple of things I want including, and I certainly keep note son hair and eye colours, ages and such like,  but I’m the sort of writer who writes by the seat of their pants – otherwise known as a pantster

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

    Go away and do something else. Usually a walk or a bike ride. Sometimes simply reading a good book. Sooner or later my subconscious will push something to the top so it gets picked up by the conscious mind. If it was a block in the book I’m writing, I’ll then continue with whatever has surfaced. If I hadn’t started anything, whatever comes into my mind gets considered, tossed around a bit, and then usually that’s enough and I’m off.
  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

I’m afraid not. I like to be on my desktop, with a mug of water to hand, and some sugar-free sweets to occasionally suck. I used to enjoy music but not anymore.
But no lining up of sharpened pencils, or setting things out in a certain way.

  • What is your writing snack?

A cup of green tea and a rich tea biscuit mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and evening. Sugar-free sweets and water the rest of the time.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read. We don’t have a television and I was brought up a reader by addicted-to-reading parents who have passed it on to me. I also like to go for trike rides. I used to walk for miles but I no longer can, so my beloved trike, known as The Beast, has saved my sanity.
I talk to my husband, fuss our two cats, listen to music, take landscape photos ad go line dancing once a week.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

They all have merits! But I like temps between 16 and 22C, no wind or a gentle breeze, and sunshine best so I maybe prefer a UK spring, summer, and maybe a little bit into autumn. If autumn and winter are still, cold and frosty they can be beautiful months as well.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

I read romance, and generally love it if it’s not a high steam level, billionaires, or sheiks! I also read a lot of psychological thrillers too.

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

I want to make people happy when they read my books.

  • What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I used to listen to Springsteen, Bryan Adams, and Bon Jovi. Then I moved on to classical. Now I prefer silence but if editing, I might have some classical piano music on very quietly in the background

SEPTEMBER QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success? In life, or in writing?


In life, I wasn’t a great one for school and had been accepted by teacher training college unconditionally, so I ended up leaving a grammar school with terrible A-level results. And then I turned down the chance of a fourth year at college to gain my BEd in favour of going with my then boyfriend to where he’d got his first job. My personal tutor basically told me I was a fool and it would never last.
I’m still with him fifty years later, and now have a Master’s degree as well!

In writing, I don’t think that’s happened. There’s stuff I’ve put to one side and then something gets accepted and I’m surprised. Worth keeping everything, even writing you maybe see as a failure.

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Twelve Signs Writing is Your Vocation

Writing is a sacred calling that pulls at your soul. Writing is a way of life. Isac Asimov said that writing was simply thinking through his fingers. Writing it pulls at me in the morning. It whispers my name long before the first light. It is in these hours that I know my vocation is to be a writer. Not a suffering writer but a joyful writer thankful that I have found a vocation in my life before I was too old to do anything about it. How do you know if you have the vocation check these out and see how many of them fit you?

  1. Daydreamers, writers are often daydreamers on an epic scale. It’s that exercise of the imagination that is important. So do you daydream?
  2. Was writing a childhood passion. Many times writers began their writing careers as children. I began my writing career by dictating my story to my aunt who wrote the story down for me I then illustrated it and we glued it together with flour and water paste. I was 4.
  3. Reading is a forever hobby. I didn’t learn to read I’m a reader. I read as much as my eyes will let me and then I listen to audiobooks. Reading is a way to learn new words and see how someone else puts them together. It gives you a chance to stretch your imagination.
  4. No writing glory no problem. If this is your vocation you aren’t in it for the money, or the fame, or the accolades. You do it because you have to write.
  5. Do you can’t stop writing once you start, or if you can’t stop writing journals because you have too many to choose from. You finish one journal and you get another one right away, so you don’t skip a day?
  6. Do you have a story you can’t help but tell and you have ten stories to tell writing may be your vocation?
  7. Do you believe Virginia Woolf when she said you need five hundred dollars and a room of your own to write so you’ve been making your own writing space since you were seven and now you’re twenty-five and you have a good job that lets you write after work regularly? You’ve planned your life around your writing.
  8. Do you hear a word and can figure out the meaning from the context, but you want to know the exact meaning, and if you find the exact right word to use while writing you consider that a good day. Then you might have writing as your sacred calling?
  9. Do you enjoy a good game of Monopoly, but go gaga over a game of Scrabble?
  10. Do you make time for writing even with a hectic schedule, and when you write do you lose track of time?

These are the signs that make you a kindred spirit with Jane Austin, Shakespeare, and Stephen King. The answer yes to these questions means that you have a vocation as a writer. God bless you it means that you are willing to make sacrifices to write. To write poems, and short stories, screenplays, and novels you are a writer you write blogs and you write magazine articles. You write in journals and notebooks and on the backs of napkins. Congratulations you are among the rare but don’t write for the adulation write for the joy of it.

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10 Things you didn’t know about The cowboy’s secondhand heart

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Joseph and Lisa both had lives before they met each other here are ten things you didn’t know about them.

  1. Joseph’s wife Jennifer died in childbirth the doctors couldn’t stop the bleeding after she delivered Chloe and Jennifer bled to death. They had been married for 3 years when they go pregnant with Chloe and were overjoyed.
  2. Joseph takes a long time to make up his mind about things. One of his favorite places to think is the lake on their property. He goes there often to swim or just look at the waves. It helps settle his mind
  3. Lisa lived in Westminster, a Suburb of Denver before she moved to Hygiene. She could have just as easily stayed in Westminster and been a commuter, but she wanted to be part of the community she was working.
  4. Joseph works the ranch like it is his own because one day he will inherit the entire ranch and buy his brothers and sisters out or he can split it with them. based on a majority vote.
  5. The boys love herding the cows moving them from pasture to pasture to make sure they get the best grass. Joseph uses that time to bond with his father. Lisa is determined to send Chloe to herd the cows next year. She wants Chloe to know that girls can do anything boys can do and have that bonding experience with her father.
  6. Joseph is the oldest and is protective of his younger brothers and sisters, especially his sisters. Sometimes it comes across the wrong way. It can look like Joseph is only concerned about the reputation of the ranch and not his sister’s best interest. That can cause a real problem.
  7. Lisa is no push over she can hold her own against the town bully and come out just fine. But is a little timid around Joseph’s sisters. She was able to bond with Julia over shopping at Christmas when the two girls were able to strike a deal with a jeweler to get Sarah a particularly beautiful squash blossom necklace. They had a problem to overcome when Julia met and fell in love with Bret.
  8. Joseph can become a hardass when it comes to the ranch and his family he won’t even let his family come between what’s best for the ranch. He will always choose the ranch and even if it hurts the family the ranch and its survival is what matters most.
  9. Some say that Lisa came into Joseph’s life to explain Joseph and what he meant to say. Others say that Lisa came into Joseph’s life to make him softer and more understanding, more human.
  10. Lisa and Joseph are both head over heels in love with each other. It took Joseph a long time to get there. Lisa knew it from the moment she bumped his head and he explained that he was giving up the football game to come to back to school night.

Lisa and Joseph have had many adventures falling in love, is just one.


Get a Skill Bump Take a Writer’s Workshop

first appeared August 16, 2021, Blog

It all started when I was doing some research for a blog post. I discovered that my local library had free online teacher-led courses that I’d be interested in. The classes that I’m going to take include writing classes that are structured like workshops. The first class that I’m taking and it starts this week is Romance Writing and then Later there is one on Creative Writing. Each class is 8 weeks, and I expect this first class will improve my pacing and imagery. If you’ve never been to a writers’ workshop you may wonder what exactly a writers’ workshop is? A writers’ workshop is a method of teaching writing whose goal is to create a lifelong writer. It’s based on four principles according to the all-knowing Wikipedia. Students will write about their own lives, they will use consistent writing processes, they will work in authentic ways, and they will develop as independent writers. So, that’s what a workshop is now this is what it can do for  you:

  • Learning literary theory
  • Writing can be learned even if the skills are lacking
  • Meeting people with common interests
  • Reading develops your creativity
  • Learning from experienced writers
  • Testing  your limits
  • Having the pleasure of writing
  • Establishing a routine
  • It helps to overcome deadlines

These are a list of the positives of taking a workshop or writing class but there are also cons and you need to be prepared for those negative aspects as well. Developing a little bit of a thick skin helps.

  • Some people will never understand what you’re writing about
  • Some people will want you to change your entire piece
  • You have to read some really bad pieces of work and try to see the potential
  • Sometimes you have to follow writing prompts
  • When the teacher tells you to change something
  • Writing can be subjective
  • Your work can be considered abstract

There is both good and bad in everything and if you are prepared to accept constructive criticism and ignore the subjective criticism by saying, ‘thank you for your advice.’ You may be ready to attend a writing workshop.


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10 tips to boost your creativity

originally posted August 18, 2021

Are you a creative person? Are you able to come up with creative solutions to problems? These are important questions to ask yourself. Because being creative according to psychologists is one marker for a fulfilled life. If the answer is no here are ten tricks to boost your creative stamina.

1. Go for a walk

2. Reward yourself for creative thinking

3. Create some psychological distance

4. Seek out creative experiences

5. Create restrictions

6. Daydream

7. Re-conceptualize the problem

8. Get emotional

9. Surround yourself with blue

10. Meditate

Implementing these things is a great way of working the creativity muscle. Using your creativity muscle when you’re not in need of it can put you where you need it to be when it’s do or die time.

Thinking of your creativity as a muscle to keep toned is helpful.


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MEET THE AUTHOR ASHLEA THOMPSON

  1. Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

“Chief, I have a file I wanted to talk to you about,” Emily said as she stepped into his office. He motioned for her to take a seat. “This file is on Ashlea Thompson. She is an author from Alabama. It says here she has two degrees and she works for a telecommunications company. She has a husband and two dogs. She has written two novels and has a third one coming out soon,” Emily continued scanning the folder, “She collects houseplants.”  The chief looked thoughtful, “You think she is worth looking into?” Emily smiled,” Yes, I do.”

  1. Without giving us spoilers, introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

When a dead body shows up in the small town of Everton, it is way more than the police department can handle. The city reaches out to the FBI and Emily Creighton is put on the case. The sister city to Salem is full of magic and intrigue and there is no telling what is about to happen.  Is she ready to be the lead detective for the first time since she joined the FBI?

  1. What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

She is a lot like me. She keeps lists and plans things, but ultimately wings it in the end, LOL. She strives to do her very best and get the job done no matter what is thrown at her.

  1. Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

In my second novel’ “Make You Love Me,” one of the side character’s name is Sara Raines. She was probably my favorite character in that book. She is sort of the type of person I want to be. She is kind and compassionate as well as dedicated to her job. 

  1. How did you come up with your idea for the above story?  

Every now and then I like to read books from the supernatural genre. I thought to myself, it would be cool to write something about witchcraft and incorporate crime and thriller into it. I bounced the idea off my husband. He thought it was brilliant so off I went.

  1. What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

Honestly, I didn’t have any type of plan. Usually, before I start writing, I write down all the characters, the basic story and then start writing. Oftentimes I start writing before I even develop characters.

  1. How do you handle writer’s block?  

I suffered from writer’s block back in January. It was terrible. I read a few books from my pile and crocheted a blanket. Anything to keep my hands busy. I spent time thinking about how I wanted my novel to play out.

  1. Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

I like to clean. It helps me think. I go over scenes in my head while I am scrubbing the tub.

  1. What is your writing snack?

Grapes. Give me all the grapes.

  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I work a lot. Also, I usually read when I am not writing. I like to spend time with my husband and two dogs.

  1. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall. 100% Everything is so pretty. I am not built for the heat either. I love when it gets cool and I can open the door and let the crisp fresh air in.

  1. What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Thrillers. I love trying to solve the murders along with the characters. I love the ones where you have no idea what is happening and by the time you are done with the book you are in shock.

  1. Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

Yes. “Creating worlds for people to live a thousand lives from their own.”

  1. What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

When I am writing I am usually in the living room sitting on the couch while my husband watches TV, so it’s whatever he is watching. Mostly it’s sports or podcasts on YouTube.

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What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success?

My first marriage was a failure. A big one. After a while, I found the man I was supposed to be with. I took all the lessons I learned from the first time and it has made me a better person and wife.

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MEET THE AUTHOR MELANIE DAVIES

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

    That would be Giselle from The Sapphire Oath.
  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My current work in progress is an exciting spin on the Van Helsing vampire stories. Here is the blurb for you to read.

Perfect for fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals. A Modern Van Helsing retelling.

Sometimes family secrets should stay buried…

Hayley Van Helsing, a twenty something vampire hunter, has always known her destiny was to become the leader of the Van Helsing dynasty, a clan made of supernatural hunters but she has always wondered if her life was meant for a different path, wishing for a normal human mundane life.

That is until she meets Darius, a tall dark mysterious man with piercing blue eyes, in a graveyard one night and unbeknown to her, he’s not just your average guy.

And he’s about to take her on an adventure that will make her question everything.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT is the thrilling first instalment in a steamy upper NA paranormal vampire romance series. If you like enemies-to-lovers, reverse harem, touch her and die, a tough female heroine, and a sexy morally grey antihero, this book is for you. 

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*This book is part of a series and ends in a cliff-hanger. Best suited for ages 16+ due to sexual situations.

My WIP will be going through a rapid release starting in October 2022.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

I can answer this in both ways.

Giselle, the main character from The Sapphire Oath has always been a character that has followed me for years, I started writing her story at age 15 and continued later into my adult life. She’s headstrong, witty, loyal, and will die for the ones she loves. She’s everything I would have liked to have read in a story growing up. She tries to fight for what’s right but must deal with trauma from her childhood and battle her own demons while fighting bad guys.

Hayley Helsing, she is the main character of my WIP and is so much fun to write. She’s humorous, protective, and sometimes inviting to newbies. She can make her own choices and tries to learn from her mistakes. She understands her weaknesses, her stubbornness, and her unwillingness to forgive (most of the time). She is driven mostly by her heart and that can sometimes influence her decisions and can ultimately cause her issues later.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP.

I can’t really say much about side characters in The Sapphire Oath series as it will give away too much, but I can for my WIP.

Jackson Gates, he’s the side character and Hayley’s best friend. He’s a witch from an amazing English dynasty bloodline and is so fun to write! He fell in love with a human but sadly that guy was lost during a battle and Jackson has now vowed to never love again, of course, that might change in the series. He’s very protective over Hayley as if she were his own flesh and blood. He’s not just spell smart but also science smart. He acts as the peacekeeper within the clan and tries to keep Hayley grounded as best as he can.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

The Sapphire Oath started off as a girl who witnessed her mother’s death at the hands of her father and it went from there, almost feels like a dream when I talk about where the idea came from.

Graveyard Shift, I have always written vampires. During my teens I was on a few vampire roleplay forums and absolutely loved every second of it and has a teen obsessed with Buffy, Angel, Anne Rice novels, and later Twilight and The Vampire Diaries (the books), I thought it was time I put pen to paper and write about my own vampire hunter heroine. A lot of the story has been influenced by those old roleplay forum days as some names and side stories I wrote back when I was a teen.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

I am rapid releasing this WIP as I am expecting my second child around December, so I’d like to have at least book 1 and 2 out before that time. So, I am currently writing back-to-back. The Sapphire Oath book 2 isn’t due out until March/April 2023.

  • How do you handle writers block?

  • I like to go for walks, listen to playlists either on Spotify or YouTube. I bounce ideas off my partner and or read a favourite book. I try to also push through writer’s block, if it appears I will take a day or two off and then try and get back on that horse, sometimes just writing from word prompts or pushing through the story and then going back later to fix any mistakes, errors or rewrite.
  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?


I always write on a full stomach as it helps me consternate. I will put on a playlist which helps influence the story and have a nice hot cup of tea next to me. All those things help.

  • What is your writing snack?

Biscuits or chocolates or something sweet.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am also a wedding photographer, so if I’m not writing I’m normally shooting or editing a wedding. Spending time with family, friends or planning my wedding.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Autumn(fall), I love the colours, the crisp mornings, the cooler air, the changing of the trees and Halloween. It just feels cozier to me.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Fantasy, romance and paranormal. They are my go to and I don’t think I’m ever going to change that.

  • Do you have a writer mission statement? What is it?

A writer’s mission statement? I have never really thought of one. I write for me and that one reader, I have never worried about numbers of book sales or money earned, I just enjoy telling stories and even if it is only ever read by a handful of people, I am happy with that.

  • What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I listen to a lot of different genres in general, but I find certain songs help for certain scenes and certain characters. I like instrumental music, romance songs, and slow reverb songs.

AUGUST QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success?

I haven’t really figured that out. Success is measured differently to me to how it is measured by others. My success is usually to do with my own family life, being able to grow a person is a success to me, finding the man of my dreams and knowing I will become his wife soon is a success. Having my first published novel do well is a success to me. I measure my success in the moments and how it feels, failures aren’t anything as you always find a way to get back up, dust yourself off and try again.


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MEET THE AUTHOR ABIGAIL OWEN

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

I live in this woman’s head, so our thoughts are very similar. Good thing we both have a similar sense of humor. Introducing multi-award-winning author Abigail Owen. Abigail writes YA/NA fantasy romance and adult paranormal romance. She loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of HEAs!

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

The Liar’s Crown is my debut YA/NA fantasy romance which releases on August 30th! I have many series out in paranormal romance, but this is my first in this subgenre and I loved writing it so much. When a twin who is her royal sister’s body double is kidnapped by a man made of shadow, she has to fight for her life. But not everything is what it seems, and she finds herself pretending to be the princess she isn’t and trying to figure out how to get home.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

Meren is a strong, spunky heroine who, like all of us, doubts herself, her decisions, her worth, and everything else. But she does it with panache and a lot of snark. Meren makes me laugh with the things she comes up with, but mostly I feel for her. After all, she’s a secret twin whose only purpose in life is to be a body double and sacrifice herself for her royal twin sister. When she’s stolen by a man made of shadow, her life…changes.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

Most of this story is about Meren, the main character, and the man who kidnaps her. A Shadowraith, Reven is not what he seems at first. The problem is, he may be even more dangerous to her than the king she knows has been after her family for generations.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

This series started when I stumbled across a lesser-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson where a man sheds his shadow which becomes self-aware and eventually takes on a life of its own, taking over the original man’s life and wealth and eventually killing him. I thought, well…there’s my hero and my villain.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

I set up the entire backstory for the villain first, which included an entire mythology for the place where it’s set. That’s unusual. With paranormal romance I let my world building work itself in organically as I go along. But for fantasy, with an entirely new world, this worked well for me. After that though, it was business as usual. I write every day and usually a fairly consistent amount of words each day. I do that until it’s done, and then I edit, and edit, and edit. J

  • How do you handle writers block?

This is only something I’ve dealt with in the past year or so. I find my routine helps. The fact that I work every single day. Even if I don’t get many words, it’s still more words than I had the day before. But writer’s block requires a lot of self-love and grace-giving.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

I do my first writing in the morning by going on a walk (or walking at my treadmill desk) and dictating. It gets all things moving in more ways than one and feels extra productive because I’m starting my day with words and exercise.

  • What is your writing snack?

Deserts. Coke. Pringles. Fruit. I’m a “snack while thinking” and a “boredom snacker” type so I snack…a lot.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a mom of two teenagers. They basically are my life. Between all their activities, school, and acting as their chauffeur, any time not spent writing is usually doing something around that. However, I am also now hugely into K-Dramas. It’s an obsession. So any downtime I get, you’ll find me watching one of those.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Spring. I live in Texas and the weather isn’t the kindest. Most of the year it’s too hot to do much. But in the spring when everything turns green and the wildflowers bloom and the weather is beautiful, I love that best!

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Fantasy and romance are my two favorite genres by far, so my favorite is when they are combined either in fantasy romance or paranormal romance. I love anything that allows magic to exist! All the things that the imagination can come up with. I also love anything that has an HEA (happily ever after). This world is tough enough, I don’t need to read the sad, dramatic, non happy stories out there. I need a guarantee that everything will turn out happy in the end. (At least for the main characters.)

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

Not really. LOL. I’d have to think long and hard what my mission is. To me writing is an escape as much if not more than reading. I hope that I’m giving other readers wonderful worlds and characters to escape with!

  • What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

When I write I can’t listen to anything that will distract me from the words I’m trying to form. So these days it tends to be a lot of KPOP because I don’t understand the words. I can just enjoy the music without it pulling my attention from what I’m creating.

AUGUST QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success?

I feel like the only answer here for me is being a mother. I fail at some aspect of motherhood every single day. Every. Single. Day. But my kids know and feel they are loved. They get everything from us that they need not only to survive but to thrive. I worry about them every day and do everything in my power to help them as they grow into adulthood, which is just around the corner. It’s an ongoing mission, but even with all the daily failures, my children (alongside my marriage) are the only success I care about in this life.



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MEET THE AUTHOR KAY ALBER

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

“Hi everyone. My name’s Alice and I’m so excited to see you here today. I’m going to introduce you to our main speaker today, but first, let me tell you something about her. Ms. Alber, or Kay as I call her, well—we’ve known each other for a long time. She’s been in my head a few times and I know at night I’m sure in hers. She writes Romantic Suspense, which means she’ll be loading guns, driving fast cars, and maybe even have a someone stolen in this book of hers. Anyway—she’s really laid back and a great listener. So here she is—Miss Kay herself, ready to meet y’all in person. Ta-da.”

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.?
  • My stories are about women and their troubles and misfortunes combined with romance. “A Deadly Promise” is no exception. It is at my editor’s right now getting the last read and then it will be published May 1st. Next month. Yay!
  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

I modeled my main character Alice, in this next book, after someone I knew in real life. I love her character in this book and especially love the defiance she portrays that will get her into trouble. She has a special willpower to try and make things better, but sometimes women need to stand their ground, and sometimes—they just don’t know how to do that. That could be Alice.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

There’s Anne who grows up from a teenager, as the series progresses. She is Cassie’s sister, from book #1, but has a part in every book thereafter. She’s a tall beauty with a sassy personality. She knows every answer about any question whether she’s asked or not.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

Anne’s character came about from my own sister’s antics and even though Anne’s a secondary character in books #1 and #2, she makes an impression on everyone she meets.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

My original plan was to have this book out before Covid hit. But unfortunately, everything in my life must be good when I write and during Covid, my daughter who has recurring cancer, had to have a couple of stage four surgeries, so I stopped writing until she got better.

  • How do you handle writers block?

I can’t write if everything is not fantastic in my life. I don’t handle writer’s block well, but I know when it happens, that things WILL get better, and so the stopping period doesn’t last long.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

Writing comes to me in the middle of the night. I absolutely love the quiet at that time, along with a cup of espresso plus milk. I am a middle of the night person, but I also love to chat in the mornings—especially about what I just wrote.

  • What is your writing snack?

I love dark chocolate or just anything chocolate when I write.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

As an avid traveler, I take off either abroad or across country to visit family and friends. I am also a dedicated animal lover. So, I belong to a couple of rescue groups, who rescue seniors and save dogs from puppy mills. In fact, I love animals so much—I always have an animal or two in my stories.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Autumn is my favorite season. Fall foliage, the crunching of falling leaves, and the nippy weather.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Mysteries are my favorite genre to read. Anything that keeps me dangling until the last page and especially when I can’t guess how the ending will turn out.

  • Do you have a writer mission statement? What is it?

Keep writing—writer’s block or not. If writing is a passion, follow through with it. I started writing late in life, after years of teaching abroad—and to this day, I swear I will continue writing until I tell every character’s story.

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put y ou in the mood?

I don’t use music while I write, but if I did—it would be operatic songs. Especially Andrea Bocelli. Now when I exercise, I listen to Heavy Metal and the heavier the better.

APRIL QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What is your favorite silver lining moment? ie bad situation that turned out great.

Rushing to get things done, used to be my way of life. Since my daughter has had recurring cancer, I have learned from her, to take each day as a blessing. To enjoy what’s around me. To have happy conversations with people, and to be a good listener.



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